Have social media influencers taken it a little too far?
The Black Lives Matter movement has been making waves on social media lately, so much so that celebrities and social media influencers has been taking it into their own hands to spread awareness on the movement by sharing their thoughts on their social media accounts with millions of followers.
Although, many influencers and celebrities have been called out and cancelled from wearing blackface as it is point blank, disrespectful.
I know I’m a tiny voice.
However, it’s disturbing is that Howard Stern has done 6+ events of using blackface & the N-word
He’s getting away with it.
— MercyGravesLuthor (@LuthorMercy) June 15, 2020
Blackface is a form of theatrical-makeup used predominantly by non-black performers. But blackface has resurfaced on social media and this time social media influencers are back at it again by wearing blackface to promote the Black Lives Matter movement.
Although, with good intentions of posting such pictures up, it doesn’t sit quite right on the internet as many people are calling out influencers.
An Algerian artist, Souhila Ben Lachhab is under fire after sharing a picture of herself half and half with half her face and the other half hand painted brown. She then captioned it “Just because we’re black on the outside, doesn’t mean we’re black on the inside. Racist people are the true black heart ones. They are black on the inside, and they know it. ‘
Saint Hoax, an Instagram user shared a few other examples and screenshots from Turkey, Bosnia, Poland, Germany, and Herzegovina. They mentioned that most influencers refused to take down the pictures even after being called out by their followers and the public.
They also stated that some influencers aren’t aware of the history and meaning of blackface.
Ken Francisco de Dios from the Philippines who had also posted a picture of himself wearing blackface and a brown wig apologised and deleted the picture. Ken said, “It wasn’t of my intention to imitate anyone of any culture or race. As an artist, I used my artistry to be part of the campaign and use it as a voice that black lives matter”
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